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AI Hackathon 4.0 at SURF Incubator

June 23, 2023


June 24, 2023

6:00 pm


8:00 pm

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Attention Seattle! We're thrilled to announce our 4th AI hackathon event, taking place on Friday & Saturday June 23rd and 24th at the SURF Incubator in downtown Seattle.

This is not your average hackathon - we welcome participants from all backgrounds and levels of experience. Whether you're a developer, entrepreneur, designer, or just someone with a passion for AI, this event is for you!

Join us for a day of innovation, learning, and collaboration as we explore the limitless possibilities of AI and its potential to transform industries and improve people's lives.

We are grateful for the support of our partners at SURF Incubator and Leaner Startups, who have helped make this event possible. Be sure to check them out!

What to Expect

You'll start the day by forming a team with other participants - no prior team or idea needed! You'll brainstorm ideas for an AI product and then spend most of the day building a proof-of-concept. Keep in mind that all work on your project must be completed at the hackathon. At the end of the day, each team will present their project to a panel of judges, and there will be an awards ceremony to select the winners.

We will also be offering AI workshops to help your team better understand how to harness the power of AI in your projects.

In addition to networking with your peers, you'll have the opportunity to interact with Seattle's leading venture capitalists and people and organizations who are working on the cutting edge of AI.

Afterwards, we'll be having an after party from 8-11PM to relax and celebrate another successful hackathon!


The schedule for the event is not set in stone and can change anytime before the event.

Day 1

6:00 pm - Arrival & Networking

Get checked in and network with your fellow peers. Meet potential team members and discuss different ideas.

7:30 pm - Kick-off presentation

We'll kick things off with a presentation covering introductions, judges & prizes, and timing for the day.

8:00 pm - No-Code Workshop

Join Mohamed Abuzaid for a no-code workshop for those who don't have coding experience. PLEASE BRING YOUR LAPTOP.

Day 2

9:00 am - Check-in and Breakfast

Get checked in and network with your fellow peers. Meet potential team members and discuss different ideas.

10:00 am - Day 2 Kick-off presentation

We'll kick things off with a presentation covering introductions, judges & prizes, and timing for the day.

10:15 am - Hackathon Begins

It's time to start hacking! During this time, mentors will be available to assist teams in developing their ideas. We will host a "speed pitch" round for participants still looking for a team.

1:00 pm - Lunch

Enjoy a delicious lunch (pending sponsors) and swap ideas with your team.

4:30 pm - Pitch Practice

Get ready for the final presentations with a session focused on perfecting your pitch. Receive feedback from mentors and get ready to impress the judges.

5:00 pm - Deadline, first pitches begin

All projects must be completed at this time. The first round of presentations begins. Judges will send the winners to the final round.

6:00 pm - Final Presentations

It's time to show off your hard work! Finalists will present their solutions to a panel of judges and compete for prizes and recognition.

7:00 pm - Awards Ceremony and Networking

Celebrate the day's successes with a closing awards ceremony and networking session. Meet new people, exchange contact information, and continue the conversation beyond the hackathon.

8:00 pm - Event ends

The event will officially end at this time. We hope participants will leave inspired with new ideas and a better understanding of artificial intelligence.

After Party!!!

Enjoy Snacks, and Drinks while we unwind from a long weekend of hacking!

Judging Criteria

There will be two rounds of judging. The initial round will consist of a 3 minute pitch by every team in front of all attendees and judges. The judges will select the 5 best ideas to be promoted to the final round. In the final round, each team will have 5 minutes to answer the judges' questions and make any last impressions before the judges vote on the top 3 teams to win the hackathon.

Projects will be judged across 5 dimensions:

  • Is the idea innovative and creative, and does it address a real-world problem?
  • What is the potential market value of the solution, and is the business model viable, revenue-generating, and scalable?
  • What is the potential impact of the solution, including social, environmental, or economic impact?
  • How was the quality of the presentation and pitch of the solution, and how well can the team articulate the problem, solution, and value proposition?

The Space

The SURF incubator is a perfect space for this event, providing plenty of desks, conference rooms, and office space to spread out and work on your idea with your team. We thank the SURF team for donating their space for this event.

How you can help

This event is made possible by the hard work of volunteers who are passionate about AI and its potential to grow our communities. We also rely on the generous support of sponsors to throw these events. Sponsorship contributions help us cover essential expenses like venue costs, food and beverages, printing costs, prizes, and more. We are grateful to our sponsors for their continued support, which allows us to create a dynamic and engaging event for our participants. If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring our event, please visit our website at https://leanerstartups.com/sponsorships or contact us directly at sponsorship@leanerstartups.com. Additionally, we welcome individuals or organizations who would like to contribute in any other way to make this event successful. Your support is greatly appreciated and will help us to continue organizing more events like this in the future.

Get in contact

If you have any questions, please visit our website at https://leanerstartups.com or send us a message through our contact page. If you’re interested in volunteering to help with the event, please visit https://leanerstartups.com/volunteer. If you’re interested in sponsoring the event, please visit https://leanerstartups.com/sponsorships. We look forward to hearing from you!


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SURF Incubator


999 3rd Ave #700, Seattle, WA 98104


SURF Incubator is a community-supported space for digital entrepreneurs.




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Allen Institute for AI (AI2)


Our mission is to contribute to humanity through high-impact AI research and engineering.


Formal interview with the AI2 Incubator partners to explore a potential investment of up to $500,000.


Perkins Coie is a leading international law firm that is known for providing high-value, strategic solutions and extraordinary client service on matters vital to our clients’ success.


Legal services associated with the formation and organization of a corporate entity. This includes drafting the full set of documents that is typical for the formation of a new Delaware corporation, including certificate of incorporation, bylaws, founders’ stock agreements, equity incentive plan and related form documents, intellectual property assignment agreements (to be signed by the founders), and a library of form agreements (NDAs, employee offer letters, consulting agreement, advisor agreement, etc.). This is premised on the formation documents being in standard and customary form, without material changes. This further assumes that our recommendations as to typical/market practice will generally be followed, that custom/non-standard provisions will be avoided, and that the formation process will be completed without unusual delays. This does not apply to any work associated with raising capital, nor does it cover out of pocket expenses that we incur on the Company’s behalf (such as state filing fees and registered agent fees).


The Briarwood Group is a leading consulting firm that empowers enterprise businesses and startups to achieve their strategic goals and drive growth in the marketplace. Committed to building a better tomorrow, Briarwood Group leverages innovative technologies to benefit humanity and promote sustainability. We work collaboratively with clients, using data-driven insights and results-oriented strategies to optimize operations and enhance competitive advantage. The Briarwood Group strives to build long-term relationships with clients, offering ongoing support and guidance to ensure their continued success.


First place prize: The Briarwood Group is excited to offer you a premium package that includes 1-hour consultations every other week for 90 days, along with a professionally designed 1-page website that captures the essence of your brand. With our expert guidance and support, you can gain the clarity and direction you need to achieve your goals and take your online presence to new heights. Second & Third place prize: 1 hour consult.


Legate Consulting is a leading provider of business consulting services, offering a range of solutions designed to help companies grow and achieve their goals. Our team of experienced consultants works with businesses of all sizes and across a variety of industries, providing expert advice and guidance to help organizations overcome challenges and achieve success.


2nd place: 30 minute consult to discuss business formation. 3rd place: 30 minute consult to discuss business formation.


Passion Fruit has an extensive background in small concert production, with a specialization in audio production, audio engineering, concert lighting, and live visuals. They have recently started partnering with Leaner Startups to start hosting monthly hackathons, and aim to continue providing production needs to make them possible.


First place prize: Pitch recording for Y-Combinator submission to the winning team.


SURF Incubator is a startup incubator and co-working space located in Seattle, Washington, United States. The incubator was founded in 2009 by Seaton Gras and has since supported over 1000+ startups, providing resources such as office space, mentorship, networking opportunities, and access to funding. SURF Incubator's mission is to support early-stage entrepreneurs in their efforts to build and grow successful companies. The incubator has a particular focus on technology startups, including those in fields such as software, hardware, and clean energy. In addition to providing workspace and mentorship, SURF Incubator hosts a wide variety of events and workshops aimed at helping startups learn and grow. These include pitch competitions, networking events, and educational seminars on topics such as fundraising, marketing, and product development. Overall, SURF Incubator is a community-focused organization that aims to help entrepreneurs succeed by providing them with the resources, support, and connections they need to thrive.


First place prize: 90-day hot desk package at SURF Incubator, where you'll have the chance to work alongside like-minded professionals in Seattle's thriving business community. Not only will you have access to flexible office space and co-working options, but you'll also gain valuable opportunities to network, collaborate, and explore new avenues for growth.


Supporting historically marginalized founders and innovators in building scalable solutions for pressing local challenges


1 Hour consult for each of the top 5 teams.


As an angel investor, I have seen and evaluated hundreds of pitches over the years. I have seen what works and what does not. I understand what investors need. The Pitch4Impact program was created from two perspectives, as an investor and as a trainer of presentation skills. All training tools and methods have been tailored to the unique pitching process so that everything you learn can immediately be applied to your pitch. I can help you create what investors want.


First place prize: One pitch coaching session to help the team craft a pitch message with clarity, express points more concisely and plan a deck that engages investors. One session is 60 minutes. Value: $500.

Planetary Partner Sponsors

Starship Supporter Sponsors

Asteroid Ally Sponsors


Wyatt Dudgeon of WestRiver Group
Wyatt Dudgeon
WestRiver Group
Christopher Kennamer
Christopher Kennamer
OneSixOne Ventures
Tanushree Podder
Tanushree "Tee" Podder
Trilogy Equity Partners
Andrie Yanjun Lin
Andrie Yanjun Lin
OffChain Global
Yujian Tang
Yujian Tang

Coaches & Mentors

Workshops & Speakers

Mohamed Abuzaid
No-code Language Modeling

Mohamed Abuzaid

Pigeon Labs
Dana Sather Robinson
Crafting a compelling pitch

Dana Sather Robinson



Kyle Martinez

Kyle Martinez

Passion Fruit

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